Banana Bacon Cupcakes with a Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

I think Elvis was nothing short of a Genius! Famously known, his favorite sandwich was a grilled Peanut Butter Banana and Bacon (with sometimes honey added.) I, like Elvis, LOVE LOVE LOVE Peanut Butter! Seriously obsessed… I eat it every day either slathered on toast, added to a smoothie, as a cookie or now a cupcake! And this amazing little cupcake would not be complete without all of the special ingredients 🙂

Cupcake Ingredients

1 Cup Organic Flour (I used Whole Wheat but I suggest using All Purpose)

1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder

1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda

1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt

1/2 Cup Canola Oil

1/2 Cup Vanilla Bean Sugar

1/4 Cup Organic Sour Cream

2 Organic Eggs

2-3 Bananas, well ripened and mashed

6 pieces good quality Bacon, cooked crisp and chopped

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12 cupcake pan with paper cupcake liners.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

 In a large bowl, add the oil and the sugar. Beat with a hand-held mixer until combined. Add the sour cream and the vanilla extract. Slowly beat in the eggs, 1 at a time. Incorporate the dry mixture and wet mixtures together until thoroughly combined. Add the mashed bananas and chopped bacon, being careful not to over mix. Using an ice cream scoop, fill each cupcake liner 3/4 way full. Bake in the preheated oven until the tops turn golden-brown and when a toothpick, inserted in the middle of the cupcake, comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the oven to a wire rack and let cool before frosting.

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

1 1/2 Cup Organic Powdered Sugar

1 Cup Organic Cream Cheese

3/4 Cup Organic Peanut Butter

Directions

In a bowl, combine the cream cheese and peanut butter. Mix well with a hand mixer. Slowly add the powdered sugar a little at a time. When the cupcakes are cooled top them off with this delicious frosting and garnish with sliced banana and bacon pieces.

(I only used half of the frosting recipe because I don’t like a lot of frosting..)

Bacon and Strawberries covered with Dark Chocolate

I finally did it! Dark Chocolate Covered BACON! I have been wanting to taste this amazing flavor sensation for so long. However, I did not want to pay $7 for the incredible “Vosges Mo’s Bacon Bar,” So I decided if I wanted to try this unique treat I had to make it myself…

Ingredients

3.5 oz 73% Organic Dark Chocolate

4-6 Slices of Bacon (Sulfite Free)

4-6 Organic Strawberries

Directions

Cook the bacon in a pan until nice and crispy, then place on a paper towel to rid some excess grease. Then melt the chocolate stove top. Dip the strawberries and bacon in the chocolate and place on parchment paper and allow to set in the refrigerator.Chocolate Covered Bacon..

Once you taste this lovely treat, you will agree with me that this a Gorgeous match!


Parmesan and Ricotta Cheese Pizza with Pistachios Bacon and Micro Greens

I adore making pizza at home… I seem to be making it more and more these days, because it is so versatile. Whatever flavors you crave you can turn it into a pizza! I chose to combine salty Parmesan with crunchy Pistachios and sweet Applewood Smoked Bacon topped with Beautiful peppery Micro Greens.

Ingredients

Honey Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe

1/2 Cup Ricotta Cheese

1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese, Grated

2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/2 teaspoon Pepper, Fresh Ground

1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt

1/4 Cup Pistachios, Chopped

4 Strips Applewood Smoked Bacon, Sliced into 1-2″ strips

1/2 Cup Micro Greens

Directions

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. Prepare the dough and sprinkle a small amount of corn meal on a pizza stone or baking pizza pan to prevent the pizza from sticking. In a bowl combine together the Ricotta, Parmesan, Olive Oil, Sea Salt and Pepper, mix well then place the mixture atop of the prepared pizza dough. Then layer with the Bacon and half of the Pistachios.

Bake the Pizza for 14-18 minutes until the dough is browned and the bacon is crispy.

Before serving garnish with the remaining Pistachios and  the Micro Greens.

This pizza can be served as an appetizer, an elegant lunch or simple dinner. It also pairs nicely with a glass of Malbec!  Specifically my new favorite “Tilia Merlot 2008,” A gorgeous Syrah and Malbec blend.

Bon Appetit!